The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 6852
IMEV 4266
NIMEV 4266
Yearsday the holy feast high day is and good
Feast of the Circumcision in the South English Legendary
Note: South English Legendary
Subjects: Circumcision, feast of
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Addit. C.38 (SC 30236), f. 34
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 779 (SC 2567), ff. 21v-22
First Lines:
Ȝeris & day þe holy feste hy dey is & gode
for þylke day oure swete lord schadde fyrst his blode…
Last Lines:
…now Ihesu I syrcumsysed was on erþe for al man kynne
graunt vs heuene blysse & schel vs alle fram synne
Attributed Title: ȝeris day þe holy feste (f. 21v)
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], f. 9rb2-9va
First Lines:
ȜEres day þe holy feste heiȝ day is and good
ffor þat ilke day vr swete lord schedde furst is blood…
Last Lines:
…Vr lord for þis foure þynges let him Circumcise
Þe day is good to holde heiȝe of men þat beþ wyse
Attributed Title: ȝeris day þe holy feste (f. 21v)
Doyle, I. A., ed. The Vernon Manuscript. A Facsimile of Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Eng. poet.a.1, with an introduction by A. I. Doyle. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1987.
Scase, Wendy, and Nick Kennedy, eds. A facsimile edition of the Vernon manuscript: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Eng. Poet. A. 1. Oxford: The Bodleian Library, 2011.
4.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Laud misc. 463 (SC 1596), f. 2v
5.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Tanner 17 (SC 9837), ff. 1v-2
First Lines:
The ȝeris dai þe holi feste heigh dai it is & good
ffor þat dai oure suete lord schedte first his blod…
Last Lines:
…Oure lord for þese foure þingis let him circumcise
Þat day is wel to holden hiȝe of men þat ben wise
6.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson poet. 225 (SC 14716), ff. 31v-32
First Lines:
On þe newe ȝeer day þat blessed day an heyȝk day es & good
ffor on þat day our lord ihesu schadde first his blood…
Last Lines:
…Hu our lord for þise four thynges he lette hym cirumcise
þat day is to ben holden heye Of alle men þat ben wyse
7.Source: Oxford, Corpus Christi College 431, ff. 31v-32
8.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 3039, f. 112
First Lines:
Newȝere day þe holy feste helie day it is & gude
for þat day our lorde criste sched firste his suete blode…
Last Lines:
…Our lord for þeȝ foure skilleȝ gart hym circumsise
Ilk man ogh to worshipe þis day if he be gude & wyse
Note: Listed as f. 111 in Brown and Robbins (1943)
9.Source: Cambridge UK, Corpus Christi College 145, ff. 1v-2
First Lines:
Ȝeresday þe holy feste hey day is and god
ffor þulke day oure swete louerd ssadde verst is blod…
Last Lines:
…Oure louerd for þis vour þynges let him circumsise
Þe day is wel to holde heiȝe of men þat beoþ wise
10.Source: Cambridge UK, Fitzwilliam Museum McClean 128, f. 37v
11.Source: Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2344, p. 99
12.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College R.3.25 (605), ff. 25v-26
First Lines:
Ȝeresday þe holy fest hey day is an goud
for þulke day oure swete lord schadde furste his blod…
Last Lines:
…Oure lord for þis foure þynges lete hym circumcise
þe day is wel to hold hey of men þat beth wyse
13.Source: London, British Library Addit. 10301, ff. 6v-7
First Lines:
ȜEres dat þe holy feste hey day ys and gode
for þulke day oure swete lorde sscadde ferste ys blode…
Last Lines:
…Oure lord for þis foure þynges let him circumsyse
þe day ys wel to holde hye of men þat beþ wyse
14.Source: London, British Library Cotton Julius D.IX, f. 2
15.Source: London, British Library Egerton 1993, ff. 91v-92
First Lines:
Ȝeres day þe holi feste heiȝ day is and god
vor þilke dai oure swete lord schedde vurst is blod…
Last Lines:
…Oure lord vor þese foure þinges let him circumsise
þe day is to holden heiȝe of men þat beþ wise
16.Source: London, British Library Egerton 2810 [olim Allan of Darlington], f. 4
17.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 223, f. 49
First Lines:
A Holy ffeste is ȝeres day hegh fest hit is & gode
ffor on þat ilke day oure lord shed firste his blode…
Last Lines:
…Oure lord for þese þinges four lete hym circumcise
And þerfore honoures alle þat day if ȝe ben wise . Amen
Attributed Title: ȝeres day (RT)
18.Source: London (Kew), Public Record Office C 47/34/1/5
19.Source: Winchester, Winchester College 33, f. 49
20.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library, Takamiya Deposit 54 [olim Weld, sold Sotheby’s, lot 57, June 24, 1980], ff. 6-6v
First Lines:
Neweȝeres day a greet feste is an high day and a good
For that day oure swete lorde shadde first his blood…
Last Lines:
…Oure lorde for thise foure thinges bad hym hym circumcise
That it falleth to holden high of men that ben wise
Note: Incorporated in 6380.
Attributed Title: Circumcisio domini (6r)